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Dec 2006 | Comments Off on NEWSBRIEFS – REMOTE SENSING

India’s Space Commission on comprehensive legal document

With private players gaining easy accessibility to satellite data, India’s Space Commission is working on a comprehensive legal document on issues related to outer space to ensure that internal security is not endangered, informed Mr. G Madhavan Nair, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation and Space Commission. “Remote sensing satellites are focusing on all important installations and a number of agencies like Google Earth are buying such data and placing it in the public domain, which can be a potential danger to internal security,” said Mr. Nair.

NIGERIASAT-2 Earth observation satellite

The Federal Government of Nigeria has signed a contract agreement for the construction of the nation’s second Earth observation satellite with British firm Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL). The new satellite which is named NigeriaSat-2 brings to three the number of satellite projects the nation has embarked on since 2001 when it began a space programme through the establishment of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA). When it goes into orbit the satellite will send down 32-metre high resolution imaging data for various applications in mapping.

Egypt to launch its first scientific satellite

Egyptian Higher Education Minister Mr. Hani Hillal said that Egypt, in cooperation with Ukraine, will launch a scientific satellite by the end of 2007 in Kazakhstan, the official news agency MENA reported. The satellite, named as Egyptsat 1, will be launched from Kazakhstan. Egyptsat 1 will carry two remote sensing devices — an infrared one and a multi-spectrum one, according to an earlier MENA report. Egyptsat 1, once launched, will be the country’s first satellite for scientific research.

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